Rail Workers Angry over Schedules: Voting on Polarizing Deal to Avoid Strike

In addition to rules about their schedules, 115,000 US railroad employees, represented by 12 unions across more than 30 railroads, are also upset about working short-handed during the pandemic with wages frozen at 2019 levels. Railroaders also resented management’s attempts to raise employee costs for health benefits and reduce train crews to one person from two (source: AJOT).